The Daily Grind: How much tolerance do you have for unfulfilled MMO promises?

Not worth cheering over.

Every MMO promises things that it doesn’t deliver on. Final Fantasy XIV promised open-world roaming Primals that free companies could kill and then summon before its reboot launched; that never happened. Overwatch 2 promised PvE content, that’s not happening beyond the most technically acceptable definition. Heck, just look at the number of games promising development would continue when it was very clear it would not. But… well, some promises rankle more than others. Sometimes you just shrug and say, “hey, that didn’t happen but it’s not a big deal,” and other times you get very upset. Like the difference between Mom not keeping her promise that you could get ice cream after the park and Mom not keeping her promise that you’d get the action figure you wanted for your birthday.

So when does an unfulfilled MMO promise bother you? How much tolerance do you have for them? Is it just when the game is promising something you find more interesting than what it currently offers that never comes to fruition? Is it a matter of how much work had apparently been done on fulfilling the promise? The timeline between promise and cancellation? Just your personal interests? When does this stuff roll off your back and when does it not really matter?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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